‘Open arts career paths’ early plea to Johnson

Any new immigration rules introduced by the new Conservative government must take into account the value of foreign talent to the burgeoning creative industries, worth more than £100bn a year to the UK economy.

Creative Industry Federation CEO Alan Bishop has wasted no time in calling on Boris Johnson to devise a system that looks beyond salary barriers and is not inaccessible through cost and bureaucracy.

“An industry-led approach to a flexible, points-based system for permanent international workers should focus on the assessment processes and qualities most relevant to our sector” he said today. “We must ensure that temporary workers have the flexibility needed to undertake multiple paid projects or performances across different employers and that improvements to our own system are reciprocated across the EU for touring artists among others post-Brexit.”

He also called on Johnson to honour manifesto pledges to introduce business rate relief for music venues and cinemas, commitment to maintain support for creative sector tax reliefs, to launch a review into how government can better support the self-employed, and the inclusion of an Arts Premium for secondary schools to ensure all young people have the opportunity to learn creative skills and broaden their experiences. 

“We look forward to working with government on these commitments, ensuring that industry is able to shape these initiatives so that they develop in the right way for the creative industries.”


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